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HTC One (2014) Hole-filled Flip Cases Show Up, Google Play Edition Hinted At

Thanks to @evleaks and his never-ending pursuit to leak all things “All New HTC One” or HTC One (2014), we are getting our first taste of the accessory line for the “M8.” He also mentioned the possibility of a new Google Play Edition of this 2014 HTC flagship.

In two images posted to his account yesterday, we are seeing a new flip-style case that comes in four colors:  black, red, green, and blue. The case stands out – or at least comes off as being unique – because of its hole-filled front sides. As you can see from the images, the holes are being used to show important information (like time and weather) with the case closed. We aren’t sure if the display will constantly show this information or if you’ll need to press the power button to see it. I’m not sure I see the point if the power button is required, though maybe this case can save battery life by only showing a minimal amount of display. It’s an interesting idea, I guess. 

On a semi-related note, Evan also mentioned that we should expect a Google Play Edition of the “All New HTC One.” Since the original HTC One was one of the first GPE devices to help launch the GPE program (still available for $599), it would only make sense that HTC join the program again, assuming Google wants to keep it going. For those not familiar, that means the new One would be available running mostly stock Android (without HTC’s Sense skin) and should receive OS updates quickly, similarly to a Nexus device.

Any new thoughts on the One (2014)? Like the case idea? Interested in a GPE version?

Via:  @evleaks [2]
  • C-Law

    The thing I hate about the Samsung flip cases is they don’t stay shut and don’t offer any real protection around the front edge. It looks like these have some protection at least in the corners on the front. My girlfriend had an s3 and filed two warranty claims for shattered screens because she dropped it twice with a flip cover and refused to get a normal case because she liked the flip one more. Talk about a waste of $300

  • Digbob

    The point of the case seems to be that it completely protects the screen while still being able to show info. The biggest flaw with Samsung and LG’s cases is that the large windows leave a portion of the screen vulnerable to damage. The upside to those windows though is they leave the camera accessible when flipped back. It’s an interesting idea.

    • Hothfox

      Replied to the wrong person.

  • NexusMan

    I love how Samsung announces the GS5 and this board is inundated with silly “band aid” comments, yet HTC plans this atrocity, and save for 1 consistent person, this gets a pass.

    • Hothfox

      You know, I kind of liked the “gold” S5, but after it caught so much criticism about looking like a Band-Aid, I’m ashamed to like it, haha.
      I like this HTC One case too (I guess I’m just tacky, then?).

      • NexusMan

        Just remember, much of that criticism came from people who had yet to see and handle the S5 in person. I’ve heard several people, who were actually at the event, say they like it too!

  • GJV

    For I moment I thought the backplate of the GS5 had some kind of active display feature.

  • paul_cus

    I’m not big on cases, but I actually like the look of this one.

  • rogue05

    it looks cool, but i wonder if you can program what shows up on the screen, like maybe mario?

  • C-Law

    Gpe edition won’t be able to use this accessory, unless a downloadable app from HTC is made

  • As someone that doesn’t like the flip covers on a smartphone, I think it would have been cool if this was on the back of the cover.

  • Jeremy Gross

    These leaks will not stop there everywhere

  • Petter Forsberg

    Samsung has the S-view, and LG has their Quick-cover, but this one looks so much cooler!! 🙂

  • kcmanuel

    Looking forward to the Google Play Edition of this phone.

  • hkklife

    Only thing that would make that case absolutely perfect is if it somehow had a small additional integrated battery like the PowerFlip cover for the One Max. That’s just a cool concept and something I’d like to see more of. A 64GB GPE version would be truly awesome as long as it’s not outrageously priced.

    • Macalee Harlis Jr.

      You seem to have made a mistake, you put 64gb, GPE and not outrageously priced in the same sentence

  • evltwn

    I’d be interested in the GPE version if it came to Verizon. I’m not going to hold my breath though.

    • grumpyfuzz

      The chance of that happening is probably 0% 😛

  • Cael

    This is uglier than the backs of the S5

  • n11

    Maybe ,make the back solar-powered?

  • Intellectua1

    This is probably the most ridiculous phone accessory I’ve seen in awhile..

    • Chris

      yeah but it is different and nothing wrong with that.

      • Intellectua1

        Wonder why everyone is jumping on the flip cover bandwagon

        • gafreesh

          Because Samsung did it.

        • Chris

          samsung and apple (apple with the ipad, but the same idea is there)

          • Nikuliai

            Samsung, Apple, Motorola and Huawei, I have 2 Huawei devices and a Moto G here at home with flip covers and it does give them fancier and premium look, which is not the case (as far as I can see from the image) on the band aid HTC case, it’s basically all the OEMs, as far as I know the ones getting late to the flip cover wagon are Lenovo and HTC, even Sony made it last year

            PS: look at that, I didn’t even knew LG had their quick-cover, lame marketing :B

  • r0l

    Hopefully the ATT version will be able to run the GPE ROM. Then I would get it so if I don’t like Sense I can go stock.

  • reyalP

    Looks like a Lite-Brite!

    • El_Big_CHRIS

      I wonder what type of screen theyre using. Maybe theyre doing something like active notifications thru this case

      • michael arazan

        Would be cool if it’s programmable for several features, like a stock ticker and flashing calendar events and showing the name and numbers of missed calls and texts.

        God I rally hope the GPE’s make it to verizon this time around.

        • El_Big_CHRIS

          Even if it doesn’t, someone will port the rom just like with the one.

  • Rodeojones000

    I am very much interested in a Google Play Edition of this phone.

  • The Narrator

    Not good for battery, unless of course, they’ve added a 3000mAh battery.

    • ᕙ(⇀‸↼‶)ᕗ

      or unless they’re gonna use an Amoled screen, but that’s not gonna happen on HTC.

      • The Narrator

        Yeah, I’m pretty sure they’ll use LCD again.

    • Danish

      Unless the cover doesn’t use the phones battery.

      • The Narrator

        It’s not about using the battery, its lighting up your phone constantly that will kill it.

  • Trevor

    I really like the idea of Google Play Edition phones, but they need to be easily unlockable (this might already be the case; I haven’t done my research), and they desperately need Nexus pricing. Otherwise, too niche of a market (my opinion, of course).

    • The Narrator

      Premium > Nexus. Don’t get me wrong, Nexus is great, but there’s a reason they are that price. That and the fact that they make hardly any profit on them.

      • Trevor

        Hardly any profit? I agree on that point. I think that’s the main reason they are able to sell them as cheap as they do – Google doesn’t need the profit from them. Not as premium? That I do not agree with, well not completely anyway. Nexii that I’ve had: Galaxy Nexus, Nexus 4, Nexus 5, both Nexus 7s. Galaxy Nexus was crap for the most part, on Verizon anyway. The Nexus 4, 5 and 7 (especially 2013 model) are muchas awesome. Nexus 4 cut corners with the lack of LTE and screen quality, I’ll give you that. But the Nexus 5 and 7 2013 are super! Great build, functionality, speed; they’re really good devices. I think the Nexus line has really evolved in a great way the past year or so, and I’m hoping it will only get better.

        • The Narrator

          Most of the time, it’s being cheap on the battery, camera, and not having an SD slot. They just can’t make a phone like the HTC One, LG G2, Sony Z2, etc and price it below $400 or so. That would put them way below negative

          • The HTC One has very comparable specs to the Nexus 5…

          • anton

            Comparable specs, but once you start using those, you will start finding differences.

          • imutau

            I also believe the HTC One does not have a SD slot and the battery was just so so.

            The arguement of “doesn’t have a SD slot or removable battery” for the average user isn’t a selling point so I can see these features going the way of the dino.

            Don’t get me wrong, it would be nice. BUT for the added cost (though minimal) and added footprint, manufactures just are not seeing it. Samsung is really the last bastion for these features but that’s because we all know Sammy takes the Kitchen sink approach and throws everything out there on multiple models and sees what sticks.

    • Hothfox

      I’d love that too, but I don’t see it happening. It’s the same exact phone as the stock HTC experience One, just different software. I don’t see them knocking $300 off the price just because it’s missing some HTC proprietary software.

  • MrOrange645

    Looks like all the holes would be a magnet for dirt and lint.

    • Chris

      i dobut they are actual holes

  • Hans Dirk Kwazneski

    Thats actually kinda cool looking 🙂 Still love the Nexus 5 though <3

    • Nikuliai

      really?, I found it kinda repellent, cool idea but lame design, if they look good to some people I guess they aren’t totally screwed :B

      • Hans Dirk Kwazneski

        One of the things that ruined the SGSIII and even Note II was the flip covers completely blocked the screen. At least this gives you a neat almost 8bit view of it haha. Gotta give HTC credit here, this is new

        • Nikuliai

          I liked this Idea a lot better

          It is new but I honestly don’t know if it has a chance to sell considering the rest of the market… it just looks plain ugly to me and most people care a lot about it (geeks can make an exception but this looks like a protoboard)


          • Hans Dirk Kwazneski

            I just noticed, whomever owns this phone must have a stalker… 23 missed calls?! 😛

          • Nikuliai

            lol true that

          • Chris

            crazy ex…..

        • Detonation

          The S4 and G2 flip covers have a window, which is way more useful than this holed idea

          • Hans Dirk Kwazneski

            thats why I didnt mention either one 😉

          • Is the window actually a cut out, or is there a clear protection film in it’s place? I’d hate to have a window exposed, it kind of defeats the purple of the case.

          • Detonation

            It’s a plastic window and allows for touch interaction for things like answering/rejecting calls

    • Raven

      It reminds me of the dimples on the back of the new Galaxy S5. I bet Samsung wishes that they had thought of it first.

  • Nikuliai

    Looks like 2014 is the band aid year :B

    It seems like a good idea if you’re showing just a fraction of the screen but I hope the real version looks a lot better cuz they ain’t selling one of the All New One cases if they keep making the All New One uglier than the One

    PS: One

  • Alex Coldstone Simon

    Am I missing the power button somewhere? Also, if it were a GPE, I wonder how the dual camera set up would work, if its functionality would be hindered at all…

    • it’s at the top, can’t see it because of the angle.